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EndSARS: Show you understand youths’ plight, Obasanjo tells President Buhari

 


FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday said the #EndSARS protests across the country were a product of extensive agitations by youths that must be attended to by government.

Obasanjo explained that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, could make Nigerian youths know that he understood their plight and would make life better for them.

According to a statement by Moses Olafare, the Director of Media, Ooni’s palace, Obasanjo, who spoke in Ile Ife, during a visit to Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi said many youths had struggled to get education, while the educated ones among them were frustrated over lack of opportunities.

He, however, expressed  the belief that there were windows of opportunities which the government could explore to show that it cared about the people.

Obasanjo was quoted as saying “Over 65 per cent of our population are under the age of 35, who look up to the best in life, who struggle for education; some of them didn’t even get educated while those who are educated get frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realise that the lid on the boiling steam would have to be removed.

“But I believe that there are windows of opportunity which the government can explore to show that it cares about the people, especially the youth’s welfare as the father of the country, particularly as the father of the youths.

“Fortunately, by experience, the President has children and he knows how youths behave. I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youths know that he, as a father, understands their plight and his government understands their plight and he is ready to make life better for them,” Obasanjo concluded.

In his remarks, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, described the #EndSARS struggle as a clear message from the youths to the government, particularly about their ability to get things done in a coordinated manner.

He then urged the youths to allow the government to fully attend to their yearnings.

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